Former District of Columbia Mayor and current City Council Member Marion Barry received an incredibly lenient sentence after pleading guilty to failure to file federal or local tax returns for five years, a period during which he estimated he earned over $500,000. Barry was given three years probation, no jail time and not even a fine. The U.S. Magistrate who sentenced Barry commented that he had a lot of back taxes and penalties to pay, so she declined to fine him. Basically this POS, who ruined DC during his tenure as mayor, got off scot free for something that would land all of us in jail. http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/03/09/barry.sentenced.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest It's not like this was a one time aberration for a man with an outstanding record of public service. His time as mayor was marked by incredible incompetency, corruption and the most odious brand of racial demagoguery. He was sent to jail for felony drug violations. Now this. I contrast this with the stiff 8 year sentence handled out to former Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham on bribery charges. This was an authentic American hero who was a vietnam war ace and an inspiration to a generation of military pilots. He apparently crossed the line in accepting gifts from defense contractors, many of whom probably hero-worshipped the guy and just liked to be seen around town with him. So the Duke gets 8 years and this piece of garbage Barry gets off free, keeps his council seat and hefty pension, etc. What a country.